Biblical & Theological Foundations of Leadership – CLED 700

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course is a study of the biblical and theological foundations of leadership as evidenced within Scripture. Learners examine theological themes and biblical assumptions that directly impact one’s philosophy and practice of leadership. Students learn to think theologically about issues, and concepts drawn from the discipline of leadership.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Too often leadership has been viewed as either a set of personality traits or an innate power held by a select few. Conversely, Christian leadership is rooted in a biblical and theological acknowledgement that the ability and responsibility to lead others is a direct stewardship from God. As such, an individual’s position of leadership should be used to willingly advance God’s purposes within the life of the leader, those being led, and the organization itself.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Trace and analyze key leadership themes throughout the Scriptures.
  2. Evaluate current leadership trends from a biblical and theological foundation.
  3. Develop a theology of leadership that is grounded in a biblical worldview.
  4. Evaluate personal leadership assumptions and experience from a biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

You will complete 4 discussions in this course. The discussions are utilized as a way to interact with the resources in the course, your professor, and your classmates. The discussions will be a way for students to apply their understanding of the principles being covered to their real-world experiences and wrestle through the concepts throughout the course.

The initial post is required to be between 300-400 words. Each week students are to provide 2 replies of 200-250 words each. Where appropriate in both the thread and replies, major points are supported by lecture material, Scripture, examples, and/or thoughtful analysis.

This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. This means you will only be able to read and interact with your classmates’ threads after you have submitted your thread in response to the provided prompt. (MLO: A, C)

Biblical Theology Paper: Proposal Assignment

The student will present a proposal for the Biblical Theology Paper that identifies the specific topic of the paper, a suggested thesis statement for the paper, and at least 10 sources for the paper. Sources include a combination of academic biblical commentaries, theological reference material, and leadership materials. This assignment should not be any longer than 1.5 pages and must be in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Biblical Theology Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student will complete an Annotated Bibliography with at least 20 sources, including at least 5 articles, for the Biblical Theology Paper. The annotations must demonstrate how the resources are likely to be important to a biblical/theological analysis of your topic or the application of the doctrine to one’s leadership. Each annotation must be 150–200 words, academic or peer-reviewed, and in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Book Review Assignment

The student will write a 4–6-page book critique in current APA format on the textbook Desiring the Kingdom. (MLO: B, C, D)

Biblical Theology Paper: Final Draft Assignment

The student will write a 12–15-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the biblical and theological foundation of leadership. The paper must include at least 20 scholarly, peer-reviewed, or academic sources. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Reflection on Course Assignment

The student will write a 3–5-page reflection essay in current APA format. The essay will answer the question:

“How has this course shaped your thinking in the following 3 areas related to the profile of a servant leader, which are identified by Howell: 1) proven character, 2) doxological motive, and 3) divine agenda?” (MLO: B, C, D)